Andy keeps a palace date

Action on Hearing Loss's star volunteer Andy Griffin from Shilbottle who has been honoured with a volunteer award for his commitment to the charity. Andy is the last person on the far-right of the photograph.
Action on Hearing Loss's star volunteer Andy Griffin from Shilbottle who has been honoured with a volunteer award for his commitment to the charity. Andy is the last person on the far-right of the photograph.

A SHILBOTTLE man has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to charity by helping to establish vital lip-reading classes for the hard of hearing in Northumberland.

Action on Hearing Loss invited Andy Griffin to celebrate the charity’s centenary at Buckingham Palace, where he was given a Champion of Delivering Results Award to mark his tireless commitment.

His efforts as an active member of the Morpeth Hearing Action Group have helped attract the support of Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery and have resulted in Northumberland County Council’s recent decision to offer low-cost lip-reading classes in Berwick.

Andy was also commended for his informative talks to organisations and support groups on hearing loss at the award ceremony, which was attended by The Duke of Edinburgh.

Andy said: “I am really thrilled to have received this award and delighted that I’ve helped to make a real difference. For people with hearing loss, lip-reading classes can be vital in reducing social isolation.

“As someone with hearing difficulties, I understand the advantages of learning this skill and it has been very rewarding to help promote the lip-reading campaign.”

Head of volunteering development Jane Bailey said: “Volunteers provide a real heartbeat to the charity.

“We are absolutely delighted to recognise the tremendous and inspiring work that Andy and our other volunteers do to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people.

“Our volunteers demonstrate commitment in devoting their valuable time and bring a wide range of skills, knowledge and an abundance of enthusiasm to our vital work.”